Welcome to our weekly edition of The Briefing, sharing innovations, news, and insights that have caught our eye. Thanks to Ed and David W for this week’s contributions.
A really appropriate and considered move by Bumble – the female first dating app – opening a cafe later this month which is conceived as a ‘safe space for healthy and equitable relationships’. https://bloom.bg/3hmR2vw
We’ve been considering ‘time as a currency’, so interesting to see this initiative by Ikea Dubai from earlier this year that lets shoppers pay with their ‘time’. https://bit.ly/3wiVGip
A strategy that is still to be explored but definitely here to stay, sees more brands on the move, on-demand, and 'coming to you’, as shown by this convenience store van in LA launched by Robomart. https://bit.ly/3AAPu8U
A recent article ‘The New Era of Hybridization Creates Unparalleled Opportunities’ in Forbes is worth a read. It looks at the state of retail right now and some of the strategies for success going forward. Spoiler alert – it’s all ‘hybrid’. https://bit.ly/3jXepxI
And lastly, this innovative app from Brickit helps you figure out what you can build with all those random bits of Lego – a great use of technology to keep the fun going. https://bit.ly/3hje7iS
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